The whole of speech is epitomized in this expendability of words, in this froth ceaselessly swept onward, and speech is found only where language self-evidently functions like a devouring process which swallows only the moving crest of the words. Writing, on the contrary, is always rooted in something beyond language, it develops like a seed, not like a line, it manifests an essence and holds the threat of a secret, it is an anti-communication, it is intimidating.
—Roland Barthes, from Writing Degree Zero, which is just this heady meditation on writing and it is exactly my kind of thing. This book is full of gems, and I feel a little summer obsession reading coming on with him. (via davepress)